Stage Craft

| September 29, 2014 | Parties

The Party
Airy paper lanterns floated overhead like marigold petals on an evening breeze as patrons of The Old Globe Theatre communed on Copley Plaza for the Balboa Park institution’s annual gala, this year dubbed Summer Splendor. The soiree netted more than $1 million for the theater’s artistic and educational activities.

The People
While sipping Champagne on the plaza, black-tie-clad guests took turns having their photo snapped with a placard emblazoned, “Thank you, Audrey!” in commemoration of Audrey Geisel’s longtime support of The Globe. The philanthropic titan and widow of the late Dr. Seuss was unable to attend, but again this year—along with Darlene Marcos Shiley, Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, and Sheryl and Harvey White—was a lead underwriter of the gala.

Best in Show
Theatrics befitting The Globe’s national artistic stature marked the event from beginning to end. A flash mob performance by Culture Shock Dance Troupe heralded the transition from cocktails into live performance, as supposed ushers—revealed as dancers—led guests into the theater. There, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti offered a spine-tingling, one-nightonly performance based on her smash New York cabaret. Dinner and dancing capped an evening that ended with a bang—literally—as fireworks illuminated the iconic California Building and Tower. Encore! –Photography by Douglas Gates and Bob Ross


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